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Western Michigan vs. Ball State - 9/30/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Ball State Cardinals (2-2) at Western Michigan Broncos (2-2)

College Football: Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Waldo Stadium)

The Line: Western Michigan Broncos -12 -- Over/Under: 62 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

Waldo Stadium and the Western Michigan Broncos host the Ball State Cardinals in week five college football. 

The Ball State Cardinals open their conference schedule at the Western Michigan Broncos in week five. The Cardinals saw their chance at a three game winning streak go by the wayside in a 33-21 defeat at the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers where both sides of the ball came up short. Both teams finished with around 370 yards with five turnovers between them so this wasn’t a clean game that was easy to watch for fans of offense. Ball State leaned on the passing of Jack Milas who connected on 18-36 for 267 yards and a pair of interceptions including a pick six late in the 4th. Justin Hall was the Cardinals top receiver with five receptions for 98 yards while Malik Dunner and Caleb Huntley combined for 101 rushing yards on 28 carries with three touchdowns.

Western Michigan vs. Ball State - 9/30/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Western Michigan Broncos will be gunning for their third consecutive victory when the Ball State Cardinals come to town in week five. The Broncos come off an easy 49-14 over the visiting Wagner Seahawks on Saturday as a 37 point favorite. WMU dominated total yardage 527-113 behind a bruising rushing attack that piled up 362 yards and averaged over seven yards per carry. The Broncos were deadly effective in the air as well with Jon Wassnik completing 11-12 for 165 yards and three touchdowns with D’Wayne Eskridge logging a pair of receptions for 92 yards while Keishawn Watson caught six passes for 45 yards and a pair of scores. Jamauri Bogan paced Western Michigan on the ground with 132 yards on 14 totes with a TD while Jarvion Franklin added another 111 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries.

Ball State are 9-0 ATS in their last 9 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game and Ball State are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf while Ball State  are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 5-0 in Western Michigan last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points and the over is 4-0 in Western Michigan last 4 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game while the over is 8-1 in Western Michigan last 9 home games. Ball State are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Western Michigan and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings while the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Western Michigan.  

 I don’t believe points will be easy to come by for Ball State who must control the scoreboard and limit mistakes to be competitive. If the Cardinals want to have an opportunity to win this game will be more defense then offense…

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